the-inbetween monthly archives for: December 2003

To Four More

This fad. This short-lived, boredom induced (and boredom inducing), often abandoned trend. This home of web-based diversions and, sometimes, random thoughts. This weblog; it is four years old today. The first ever post — months before I had a domain — is dated December 31st, 1999. The last day of the 1900s. And what a day it was! I’d rather forget it. Ignoring that, I do have to say: damn man, who’d have ever thought that this stupid shit would…

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Partial Recall

The WayBackMachine now has a beta text search called Recall. It’s still very beta-ish, as the results aren’t that great, but the ability to search the archives by text content rather than URL is interesting. Personally, I like the little zeitgeist like graphs they provide, which show good historical trends. The above search should be an obvious one: “y2k”. A sudden and massive upswell in “Y2K” related content just before January 2000, followed by a very quick decline upon the…

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The Dude

The annual festivus came and went as quickly and painlessly as possible. Luckily. Among the presents that I did receive — even though I insisted that I wanted (deserved) nothing — was a robe. This robe, along with a shaveless month (and the resultant facial growth) and the recent upswell in hermit-like behaviour (torn pants and all), has left me a little, as the French say, hoboesque. The following photo is a good approximation of what I currently look like:…

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Moviefest

Shit man, it’s going to be a busy week: Yes. Eight rentals.

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Random Movie “did you know”s

Do you know that state Governors Ventura and Schwarzenegger have appeared in three films together? Predator, The Running Man, and Batman & Robin. Do you know that The Land Before Time (confession: I saw it in the theatre) has had nine sequels? Some guy at Amazon calls the tenth installment slunlishy. Apparently, XI is in production too; they should be at the land during time already*. Do you know that the voice of Solid Snake, David Hayter, is the writer…

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Gehry + AGO

Looks like it’s “official” now, even though the news has been (sort of) out there for over a month. Frank Gehry will be redesigning — transforming, if you will — the Art Gallery of Ontario. With everything else that’s being built, I hope that by the next decade Toronto will no longer be one of the most architecturally boring metropolises in the world. If anything, I should hope that the new AGO will counter-act and counter-balance that god awful OCAD…

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id3 + Winamp 5

To this day, I hate id3 tags. They’re just too inconsistent, and changing them (unlike renaming a file) is a hassle-and-a-half. Now I know what you’re thinking: “if you download songs from different sources, then of course it will be inconsistent.” Which is true, and expected, but that is illegal and we’d never admit to such things. No. The point is that entries in the CDDB are inconsistent, so when you are ripping your own CDs (and querying the CDDB)…

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New Google Features

There’s some new Google features. Complimenting the sometimes useful calculator is a new definition engine. Just type “define whatever” or “define:whatever” to get it. Kinda useful, especially if you have a Google search bar embeded in your browser. However, if you’re using Mozilla/Firebird this is negated by Quick Search Keywords. Just type “webster whatever” in your address bar and you get a superior definition to the ones google provides. Next, Google should find a way to exploit Diebold’s voting machines…

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Your Anus, The Magician

The question is: how do you get into something for which you lack the proper knowledge or vocabulary to explain what it is that you like about it? This topic on the newish ask.metafilter helps a bit, but I need something more direct. I think I like Prokofiev and Holst. I probably like deeply layered orchestral stuff. I think I like things that use the harpsichord and/or the organ. I think that’s primarly Baroque, but I really don’t know. Then…

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Yule Time Trap

I do not hide the fact that I loathe the holiday season. I make certain to mention it every year on many, many occasions. It’s stupid and pointless. I’d be rid of it if I could. Unfortunately, there exists a Yule Time Trap. Here is how it starts: I very clearly and very emphatically point out that I, sincerely, do not want anything for Christmas and I do not want others to waste money on this retail scam; I repeat…

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Snowman Attitude

Create a Snowman. If you build it they will come… and make crude snow penises and snowmen engaging in various sexual activities. Such are the inevitabilites of the internet. I had to partake, so here’s my crude and rude snowman. Since being blown-out by Philadelphia on the first of November, the Leafs have played 18 games (most of them on the road), losing only four — and two of those were overtime losses. Since making that big trade, the .500…

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90s Fox “Coolness”

Somewhere in a stream of conversation, I realized that the sitcoms of my youth have been getting the DVD treatment. Season one of Married with Children is now available, as is the complete set of the short-lived Ben Stiller Show (the recollections are vague, but I remember it being good. I don’t know why these two, but an Oliver Stone spoof and a guest appearance by Flea are the only things that I *do* remember). Jokingly, with a touch of…

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Innocence

Five pages of stills from the new Ghost in the Shell movie, Innocence. There’s a trailer, too. I didn’t even know they were making a follow-up, so it’s news to me. The art looks pretty good, but hell if I know what it’s about. I’m trying to figure out a way to integrate my delicious feed into the main weblog here, but: 1) I’m not good with perl, so modifying Movable Type might be problematic; 2) Out of consistency, I…

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